The murdered autistic son of a famous photographer has died after being choked with a sponge, his accused murderous mother’s appearance in court has learned this morning.
Olga Freeman, 40, was brought to the Old Bailey today after being charged with the murder of 10-year-old Dylan Freeman this weekend at their home in Acton, west London.
The court heard that the mother was accused of killing him by putting a sponge in Dylan’s mouth and laying him down next to his favorite toys in the master bedroom.
Joel Smith, prosecuting, said: “The cause of death was found to be a restriction of the airways.
“Pieces of sponge were found in the throat of the deceased.
Ms Freeman’s appearance came two days after her ex-photographer said he had been a “beautiful, bright, curious and artistic child” whose loss he couldn’t begin to understand.
Mr Freeman is currently in Spain and his representative said that after hearing the shocking and heartbreaking news he was “beyond devastation”.
Olga Freeman holds the arm of her 10-year-old son Dylan. Old Bailey learned today that he had been suffocated with a sponge
Olga Freeman was pictured arriving at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court on Monday in the back of a prison van
The 40-year-old with her husband famous photographer Dean Freeman
They added, “He was a loving and caring father and although he was divorced for several years, he cherished all the quality time spent with his son.”
In a statement, Mr. Freeman added: “Dylan was a beautiful, bright, curious and artistic child who loved to travel, visit art galleries and swim. We have traveled a lot over the years, having memorable moments in places like Brazil, France and Spain. I can’t begin to understand his loss.
The rep continued, “Dean has been touched by the messages of support he has received from friends and is asking the media to respect his privacy and that of his family at this horrific time. “
Ms Freeman was charged after a woman entered a police station in the early hours of Sunday to speak to police.
Police then found Dylan dead at the family home in Acton, west London. Ms Freeman appeared in court today to respond only to her name before being advised to appear at Old Bailey on Wednesday.
Neighbors said the youngster – who had severe autism – had to use a wheelchair, had a number of disabilities and was unable to speak.
Her father, Mr. Freeman, is renowned in the photography world for his candid photos of stars, including David Beckham and the Spice Girls.
He is the son of Robert Freeman, responsible for the most iconic album covers in music, including the Beatles’ masterpiece Rubber Soul.
Ms Freeman, who is from Moscow, is registered as living on the property, which is estimated to be worth £ 544,000.
Dylan is said to have lived with his mother. Officers have not confirmed the child’s identity and are still awaiting official identification.
A neighbor said they were told that she and Mr. Freeman have now separated.
In 2011, he credited his wife and son in a book by singer Michael Buble, showing behind-the-scenes glimpses of the American multimillionaire.
He said, “I love my amazing wife Olga and my son Dylan. You are my world.’
Acton’s house where Dylan, 10, was found dead. The boy would have lived with his mother
Forensic teams arrive at the scene in Acton, west London, where a 10-year-old boy has been found dead
Robert Freeman: the man who imagined the Beatles
Renowned photographer Robert Freeman
Robert Freeman was one of music’s best-known photographers and died of pneumonia last year at the age of 82.
He was best known for his photos of The Beatles and shot them for their albums Rubber Soul and A Hard Day’s Night.
In his book The Beatles: A Private View, he explained how their appearance came about and the thinking behind their appearance.
He said: “They came down at noon in their black polo neck sweaters. It seemed natural to photograph them in black and white wearing their usual dark clothes. This gave unity to the image.
Other portraits of big names, including stars Muhammad Ali, Penélope Cruz and Andy Warhol.
Dylan was named in court details released this morning.
Rakesh Shukla told MailOnline he helped take care of Dylan last year, but had to give up the job because he found it too demanding.
Mr Shukla, 25, who lives in Acton, west London, said: ‘He had a lot of disabilities, could not speak and was prone to sudden explosions when he began to kick himself. foot in arms and legs and to throw objects. “
He added, “My job was to take her to the park for a few hours so that Olga could have time for herself. I only did it about three or four times, but it was too much for me so I had to tell him that I couldn’t continue. I found it very stressful so I can’t imagine what it must have been like for her.
“I only saw her last week and she looked really exhausted and tired.
Another neighbor, who lives opposite the crime scene, said she often sees a little boy leaving the property in a specially adapted van.
Gillian Fisher, 34, said: “I don’t know who the family was, but if the little boy is the one I think I would see him being taken to school in his wheelchair in a specially adapted van. “
Neighbor Abby Gorton, who spoke at length to detectives earlier, said the lockdown had made things difficult.
She said: “It is a tragedy. She was in dire straits and the lockdown made her even more desperate.
“He was a very severely disabled child and she had no help.
“He was very autistic, he didn’t speak, he just screamed and fidgeted.
“I have always felt terribly sorry for her and should have done more to help her.
“I barely saw her with other adults, no other help – and nothing locked in. “
Reverend Nick Jones, 61, rector of Acton, who lives in Cumberland Park, said the news of the boy’s death was “heartbreaking”.
He said, “I’m still shaking a bit, it’s extremely upsetting. “
Another neighbor said he was “in shock” and that police cars and a private ambulance arrived at the scene around 2:30 am Sunday.